September 15th, 2009
03:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Congressman says some people aren't worth peeing on

Pete Stark is involved in his own classic YouTube moment.
Pete Stark is involved in his own classic YouTube moment.

(CNN) - Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, raised eyebrows last month when he told a constituent at a raucous health care town hall event, "Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table."

Now Rep. Pete Stark, D-California, is involved in a similar instant YouTube classic, telling a town-hall participant over the weekend that he wouldn't "waste the urine" to pee on the man's leg.

First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and confirmed by a YouTube clip of the event, the longtime congressman made the remark after the participant launched into a long, but calm, litany about government inefficiency when it comes to nation's health care system. The man concluded his remarks with warning Stark not to "pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."

As the audience cheered, a calm Stark responded: "Well, I wouldn't dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn't be worth wasting the urine."

There was a mixture of laughter and boos as Stark motioned for the next question.


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  1. Jack Fl

    Is Stark how one spells Palin in Idiocy

    September 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. JES

    It's OK he's a Democratic and only talking to voters. The don't insult rule does not apply to Democratics like when they booed President Bush during one of his State of the Union address.

    As I have always said you have the control of term limitation vote them out alll of them.

    September 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Barry NiFong, Hawaii

    Dems, Kanye, Serena, Oliar, Waters, Conyers, Clyburn are showing their true colors.

    September 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. TonyTheTiger

    Give me a break CNN...this headline is so sensationalistic and gives the impression that the congressman initiated the "urine" comment out of nowhere, when it was the questioner who brought up "peeing" in the first place. And I'm not just apologizing for Democrats - people do the same thing with Republican politicians' quotations to try to make them seem more extreme than they actually are. The quality of news on CNN has been reduced to a few journalists with integrity and the remaining filler articles are crap.

    September 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Walter

    Nice to see Democrats finally giving up on actually trying to talk to the hate filled and falsehood fueled fools on the right.

    September 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Malcolm

    The only way to get through to these idiots is to say these things. Barney Frank got it right asking if these people live on another planet with the lies and crap they are chanting out there!

    September 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Steven

    This video is incredible!
    Pete Stark is arrogant, demeaning, rude and innapropriate.
    Wow.
    I'm so happy that I left California.

    September 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Anon

    Go Barney! Go Stark! Stand up to these morons who don't have a clue what they are talking about and only get their scripts from Lush Rimbutt.

    September 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Colorful language, to be sure. At least the Dems aren't inciting people to violence like the Republicans.

    September 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. JB - NYC

    Shhh! He's a democrat.. How dare you report this!

    September 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. totally neutral

    Seems like the headline writing and 'tease' tags here are somewhat misleading.
    Without my attempting to pass judgement on the actions or words of either party – CNN's "Congressman says some people aren't worth peeing on" is just a blatant LIE.
    The actual exchange is buried in the story, where the congressman was actually just responding in kind to a remark made by a constituent.
    Journalism is dead, unfortunately so is civility.

    September 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. lovable liberal

    CNN to sassy Congresspeople: Don't use colorful language even when responding to colorful language, or we'll make you look bad.

    September 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Jacques

    So now Pete Stark is acting like a dog. I wonder if Pelosi is going to have the House censor this mutt.

    September 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Karen

    And this from the Democrats that are belittling Joe Wilson? I will take Joe any day standing up for what he believes in. Go Joe!!

    September 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. m.mcc

    This perfectly illustrates the elitist and condescending attitudes of the democratic leadership. Shameful!

    September 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. ArtNYC

    Despicable. Stark should immediately resign. If he doesn't the voters should throw him out. he's supposed to represent the people not insult them at every chance. What have our politicians turned into? It's really our fault for keeping to reelect these bafoons.

    September 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. JEAN - ATL

    The congressman, though crude is absolutely correct. There is no reasoning with these individuals who view the government as the devil. They constantly rail against the government's inefficiency, and seem not to have any idea where a lot of our fellow citizens would be if the government was not able to step in when protection of civil rights is needed, or children need to receive insurance coverage when they cannot protect themselves, or paying for the necessary services we all use, or saving us during this economic crisis we are experiencing. I say thank God we have the government. I am a hardworking woman who has paid her taxes for over 40 years, never complaining about them, and believing that if everyone does their fair share where taxes are concerned, that we can all continue to receive the help when and if we need it from the equalizer, the lender of last resort, the government.

    September 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. hank

    In context, this is a big deal over nothing.

    September 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. The black Spider

    The problem in America is that there is too many manipulable ignorants that cannot think rationaly.
    Everybody is concerned about the Deficit and I strongly believe the president is as well but HOW IN THE WORLD CAN YOU FIX THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR HOUSE WHICH IS ABOUT TO COLAPSE WITH NO MONEY IN THE BANK WITHOUT BORROWING MONEY?
    Is that too hard to understand?
    People wants unemployment rate to go down with government doing nothing while the private sector cannot get loans from banks and shreading jobs and an auto industry which affect millions of jobs to go bankrupt to make the situation worse.

    September 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Marc

    So, basically, instead of making a question to the congressman (which was the reason for him to have the opportunity to talk to him), the man made a speech and ended it with a remark to the congressman. The kind of remark that DEMANDS a

    September 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. www.robmillerforcongress.com

    Stark was right on. This past week, I've made donations to the DNC, the DCCC and to Rob Miller, Rep. Joe "The Heckler" Wilson's (R-SC) Democratic 2010 challenger.

    September 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. AXH

    VOTE them OUT!

    It's time for these old dogs to get out of Congress!

    We're sick of their spending and corrupt ways!

    September 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Tania

    He replied to the comment - he didn't initiate the train of supposed thought. There is a difference.

    September 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Nat

    I think the Congressman's retort was well considered, totally apt, and actually pretty mild-mannered, considering the vulgar overture may my the questioner. What's more telling about this post is the out-of-context, over-the-top headline, "Congressman says some people aren't worth peeing on." That really does say it all about the media's voracious appetite for sensationalism. and their need to create controversy where none is warranted.

    September 15, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. steve

    what kind of people are running washigngton. It's time for all of them to go.

    September 15, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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